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1) What is your favorite TV show (currently)? The day’s of having one show, a “fave” if you will, is done. There are WAY too many networks, streaming services and systems designed to end cable like Hulu or Apple TV. I love “New Amsterdam”, “Bull”, still love NCIS – the original- “Young Sheldon”, “Mom” & more. My favorite cable news show is a tie between Nicolle Wallace’s “Deadline White House” & “Morning Joe”.
2) Would you like to be a child again? Sure. Where’s the line?
3) Has anyone ever told you that school times were the best period of his/her life?
Would you say that to someone? Why? At what age? I love college. High School, not as much.
4) How’s the weather? Really?
5) Do you like camping? Not unless a Marriott is involved.
6) Do you believe in paranormal phenomena? Yes. We have only scratched the surface of understanding what we don’t understand.
7) If you would create a holiday, what would it be called and how would we celebrate it? When would this holiday be? “Relationship Repair Day.”
8) What word(s) do you dislike? Can you tell why? Words don’t bother me unless they are racist, homophobic or mean spirited. “Swear words” don’t bother me at all.
9) What color do you dislike? What do you associate with it? Pass.
10) Do you believe in otherworldly creatures, eg. ghosts, etc? See question 6.
11) Pick two of your favourite fictional characters. Where are they from (what movie, book, etc?) and why are they your favourite? Neo of The Matrix and Captain Kirk (or really any of them except the first season of Discovery.
12) If you could change anything or add anything to your body would you? (this can be interpreted however, but, think, would you like to have fins or extra hands?) Just when I think this meme can’t get weirder it does.
13) What are some family traditions you have/had growing up? Do you still continue them, if yes, why, if no, why not? My first wife and took our kids to amusement parks in the New York/New England area. Our favorite was “Santa’s Land” in Putney, VT. It closed from disrepair 5-10 years ago. I always wanted to go with my grandkids. Then, someone bought it and it reopened last year. So, on December 21 I am taking my older two kids and their kids. I am SO exccited. It’s a laidback place and not pricey. It currently costs $13 to get in. It ain’t Disneyworld. If you got kids or grandchildren, neices or nephews go.
14) What do you think of tattoos? Do you have any? No I was never interested. Although this one’s neat.
15) What is the most disgusting habit some people have? Smoking.
16) If you could bring back one TV show that was cancelled, which would it be? Star Trek: Enterprise. They were robbed of seasons 6 & 7. Oh and Crossing Jordan with Jill Hennessy. Although with the death of Miguel José Ferrer, who played her boss, it wouldn’t be the same.
17) What was the most unsettling film you have ever seen? The Caterpillar. Don’t ask.
18) What book has impacted you the most? The dictionary. It’s got all the other books in it.
19) You’re on Death Row and get one final meal: What is that meal and why do you choose it? A New England lobster and clam bake.
20) What is the first profession you remember wanting to become as a child? A DJ. I was 6.
Have a safe week. We will return. Same time. Same blog.
Thanks to The Gal for authoring this meme. Click on the Sat-9 title of song on the next line below to play.
Song #1: “When You’re Smiling.” What made you smile this week? Skip this if you hate older folk complaining about their health. Monday I met with my doctor. This is a bit technical, but here goes: I have been reducing my oxicontin level for about two years. We have gone from 40ml from two years ago to 15ml. Not bad. I tried to go to zero, but I have a major problem with my right arm, won’t say more because I have not a specialist. My arm is in so much pain that I felt like doing nothing at all because of the pain. The doc won’t give pain pills because I got off of them. He told me to use a heating pad and come back in three weeks. Fortunately he has a great nurse practitioner that has helped me in the past. Same practice. I saw her yesterday and has agreed to be my caregiver. My doc is 72 and now part time. He has lost his fastball. What it is exactly, I can only guess. But when the nurse said she’s get me back on pain meds recommended a specialist to see, plus take over treating me for me. I was smiling ear-to-ear. My doctor who I’ve with since 1994 is toast.
Song #2: “Almost Like Being in Love.” We’ve all had many crushes, but love is rare. How many times have you fallen in love? My three wives for sure. And Kathy obviously is #1. Stupid comment on my part. I had a long distance love affair with The Peace Blogger that lasted a long time. We are still friends, and I’m glad about that. My high school girlfriend and the first girlfriend after my each of my two marriages. There was those girls in the dorms. I think that’s it. Eight? I’m 68. That’s not a lot considering the amount of women that I have have dated. Most I could buzz tomorrow, but wife # . Why? I have no idea. Plus I met her in February of 1994. But do I care? Of course not. WE met in 1993, got engaged in 1994 and married in 1995.
Song #3: “This Can’t Be Love.” This Rodgers and Hart song was introduced in the play, The Boys from Syracuse. Syracuse is the county seat of Onondaga County, NY. What county do you hail from? Hartford County. First time, long time. I’m back home. Five-point-five miles from the house that I grew up in, but the brass bands have not played “Onward Sedgwick” by my choir teacher I had for three years, yet I can’t sing a note. I’m not shy. I can’t sing.
Song #4: “Do It Again.” What’s something you’d do again, if only you had the time or money? (A book you’d like to reread, a recipe or pattern you’d like to make again, a vacation destination you’d like to revisit, etc.) My wife lived in England for several years. I spent a week there in 1973. We are planning to go back, hopefully next year. I ain’t getting younger, but other than the arm thing, I’m in great health. I feel great, and losing 40 pounds since retiring in 2017, helps.
Song #5: “You Go to My Head.” Judy forgets the lyrics, but gamely keeps going. Tell us about a recent moment when you chose to keep going, no matter what. Not really a “moment”, but keeping WTIT together through our 50th and now for another two years is kind of amazing. Especially since the number two guy, Johnnie, who passed in 2018, was such a large part of it.
Song #6: “Alone Together.” Is anyone there with you as you answer these questions, or are you alone? I am alone. While I think I’m sexy typing, somehow my wife doesn’t watch me. Or even taking time to read this.
Song #7: “Who Cares?” This song was written by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. They had a lesser known brother, stockbroker Arthur. Are you more creative and artistic, like George and Ira? Or more analytical and methodical, like Arthur? Yes, creatively. My problems with jobs was for un-diagnosed ADD. I wish I had known ten years ago. Now I don’t care, since retiring.
Song #8: “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Judy sings that The Ritz is the place in New York
“where fashion sits.” If we wanted to see everyone “all gussied up” in your town, where would we go? We have some mighty fine dining here in Greater Hartford and a first class old style three tiered theater called the Bushmill. It’s where I had my pic with Bill Shatner taken.
Song #9: “How Long Has This Been Going On?” Judy sings about discovering how glorious romance can be. Have you made any new discoveries lately? It doesn’t have to be as groundbreaking as Judy’s. A new podcast or a faster route to work counts, too. I recently finish writing a sequel to a play that I’ve loved. It came out great and I’m going to adapt it so that WTIT can record it.
Hope your week’s going great. We will be back. Same time. Same blog. And it’s Peace Globe time. Click on The Peace Blogger link above for details…
We were going to do Stealing today. Since Bev took over it’s been on time, smart and I know how hard doing a meme feature is. I was the originator of Stealing, Sat-9, Dating Profiles, Wicked Wednesday & Rock & Roll Friday. I also participated in the last year of Thursday Thunks by Berleen & Kimber. I see them a lot on Facebook, but I have no idea if they are still close.
Bev needs support. She also has taken over a Wednesday blog and the originator is giving her a bad time. I think that’s the basic thing, but Bev did not post Stealing today to get her point through. I support her 100%. If we launched a Wednesday meme, the other one be gone. I even offered to author the new Wednesday blog myself.
The main point of today’s post is to support those who have served. May you have a wonderful life.
Thanks to The Gal for authoring this meme. Click on the Sat-9 title of song on the next line below to play.
Saturday 9: The Straw Hat Song (1955)
1) In this song, Desi Arnaz encourages us to laugh and sing instead of concentrating on our troubles. Is this an approach to life you could adopt? Or are you a worrier? It depends on the day. My mom was Irish, through and through. While she was a good woman and great mom, she could yell. Loudly. My dad was always laughing and laid back. I’ve got both sides, but I am more like my dad. So, after all this shit, I am both.
2) Because Desi’s public persona was carefree, people are often surprised to learn
his early life was hard. In 1933, his wealthy family was targeted by Cuban revolutionaries. Their home was destroyed and were forced to flee the country. In Miami, they lived in a warehouse and 16-year-old Desi helped support the family by cleaning cages for the man who sold canaries outside a drugstore. Think about your friends and acquaintances. Whose life story turned out to be very different than you originally thought? My best friend was Johnnie Walker. He was born to rich parents. They sent him to the best schools. When he went to Colorado in the 70s, he taught skiing and maintained the lawn of a golf course. This led to a love of landscaping. His dad, age wise, could have been his grandfather. His folks each had two children from their first marriages. They spoiled Johnnie, their sole child together. His dad brought him back here by buying Johnnie a landscaping business. So Johnnie & and his new bride came back. They had three children and raised them all here in New England. After his dad died his work suffered. He went out of business. His wife left him and all he had left was social security. He led the life of a pauper for the last 20 years of his life. He died and besides his junky car, he owned nothing.
3) While still in his teens, Desi got his first job as an entertainer. As a boy in Cuba, he expected to be a lawyer, not a musician. He only began playing guitar because he noticed girls like musicians and he liked girls. Tell us about a hobby of yours, and what inspired you to pick it up. I fell in love with the radio by age 10. It’s all I ever wanted to do. I started WTIT by asking my friends Bouncing Bill and Galloping Gary to “play radio” we were 15. Girls loved coming to our parties. We’d play our tapes and tried to, well you know.
4) He discovered he was not only a talented musician but a natural leader. By the tender age of 19, he had organized The Desi Arnaz Orchestra and they were performing in Miami hotels. Have you ever been a boss? If so, did you enjoy it? I owned a hotel in the 70s. I owned a chain of video stores in the eighties. By 1990 I was back on air. I left to do radio sales. I became radio sales manager. In 1998 was Operations Manager at a furniture store. It was good to be a boss. And I was good at it. But for the last 15 years of my career I was not a boss and by then I preferred it.
5) When he was 23, he went to Hollywood to try his hand at movies and met a 28 year old actress named Lucille Ball. In Hollywood back in 1940, it was considered embarrassing for a woman to date a younger man. Their initial attraction was so powerful she quickly got over it. Do you think age matters when it comes to romance? Yes. I am in my third marriage. I got married in 1973, 1995 and 2012. As you age you learn not to sweat the small shit. My three wives were very different people. But they were the right person at each stage in life.
6) Desi was the first person to call that famous redhead “Lucy.” Throughout her entire life, friends, family and coworkers always referred to her as “Lucille,” as she preferred. But Desi insisted on “Lucy.” He said that name was his and his alone. Ironically it became the way the world referred to her. Do you have a pet name for anyone? Yes. I don’t call my friends “Galloping Gary” unless we are recording. I never had “pet names” in a relationship.
7) Lucille and Desi named their son and daughter after themselves. Were you named after anyone? Yes. I am a Jr. My son is a III. It ended there because he had daughters.
8) Desi was the founding force behind Desilu. One of the first great production studios of the television age, Desilu grossed $15 million in 1957 (more than $135 million in today’s dollars). He credited his success to his unconventional and creative approach to problems. Are you a good problem solver? No. I get pissed & frustrated too easily. I lose things around the house all the time. Kathy finds what I lose instantly. She has the gift. I do not.
9) Random question: Who annoys you more, a know-it-all or an ignoramus? A know-it-all. I can deal with stupid people because it’s not their fault.
Well we are moved! It happened on Monday. Boxes are everywhere. My TV & internet are up and Monday I have hire someone to put my radio studio back together. It’s my housekeeper and she packed it all. We will be operational by next weekend. I LOVE IT HERE! Our tiny apartment was on a main road. All police and fire sirens went by almost hourly. The town had a motorcycle center. Almost a good move. The motor cycles were constant. Here we are in a plush dead end street. AS we fell asleep Monday night I turned to Kathy and said, “Can you hear that?” She replied she heard nothing. I said, “Exactly. No cars. No motorcycles. No police. No fire personalities. No ambulances. Just mail, Fed-Ex and UPS. And even tough my studio is all boxes. Kathy already painted it “hunter green”. Our last house (not apartment) happened to have the room my studio was in, was green. That was 2012. Both the apartments studio and now this one is hunter green. It’s one of the biggest studios that I have had. The last one was tied for smallest. We got through it and now – BOOM – we are home again.
I spent yesterday with a Best Buy contractor who hooked up TV & internet. My handy man was switching out my studio light to my tymphany light over the table. Took the doors off my studio closet. Now the shelving is ready to have the vynal put back. Back in the day (80s-90s) my man-cave and studio always had dark walnut paneling. I don’t put up paneling anymore. But my man cave outside of my studio has dark walnut paneling. We are 6.6 miles from the home I grew up in and our first studio. I am only 15 minutes from my friends. THey used to drive about an hour back and forth to our apartment. Not any more. Kathy’s job is in the nest town. She is driving a quarter of he ride from the old apartment.Oh and a sad goodbye to Eddie Money. He died yesterday at 70. He was a great song writer.
I hope we see each other for Stealing tomorrow. We will see. But either way, we will return. Same time. Same blog.
I still expect him to call. Or when we record expecting to hear his infectious laugh.